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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. NEW YORK RANGERS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

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Wednesday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. at RBC Center

GAME NIGHT

 
The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes open the 2002-03 NHL season tonight as they host the New York Rangers at the RBC Center. Prior to tonight’s game, the team will raise a pair of banners to the rafters at RBC Center: one signifying the 2002 Southeast Division championship and another signifying the 2002 Eastern Conference championship. The Hurricanes, who completed the 2002 preseason with a record of 2-6-1, are 6-12-5 all-time in season openers and 9-8-6 in home openers. The franchise has a 4-4-4 record when opening the season at home and is unbeaten in the last six games it opened the season at home (3-0-3).

PRACTICE TIMES

Oct. 9 Wednesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 10 Thursday RBC Center TBA
Oct. 11 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 12 Saturday St. Pete Times Forum TBA
Oct. 13 Sunday RecZone 11:45 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: ESPN
Radio: WKIX 102.3 FM (Goldsboro); WKXU 101-1 FM (Burlington); WDTF 570-AM (Raleigh); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WDLZ 98.3-FM (Murfreesboro); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem); WRUP 97.9-FM (New Bern/Morehead City); WSTK 910-AM (Jacksonville); WNMX 106.1 (Charlotte)
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
During the 2001-02 regular season, the Hurricanes were 63-of-391 (16.1%) on the power play. Ron Francis (14g, 28a) was Carolina's leading scorer on the power play and was first in the NHL in power-play points (42), second in power-play assists (28) and sixth in power-play goals (14). Sami Kapanen was tied for third in the league in power play points with 32. Carolina allowed 11 shorthanded goals on the season. Carolina scored power play goals in 35 of the last 54 games in 2001-02 and was 51-for-251 (20.3%) on the power play during that span.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 0-0-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 0-0-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 0-of-0 (0.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 0-of-0 (0.0%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
The Hurricanes currently have no injuries to report.

CAROLINA / RANGERS NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers meet tonight for the first of four matchups this season. The Hurricanes won the regular season series against the Rangers last season 3-1-0. The Hurricanes defeated the Rangers in last season’s opener in Raleigh, 3-1, and are now 3-0 in home openers against New York. The team defeated the Rangers 8-2 on Oct. 12, 1985 and 2-0 on Oct. 7, 1995 in home openers. Carolina is 2-0-1 overall when opening the regular season against the Rangers, with a 2-0 victory to open the 1995 season and a 4-4 tie at Madison Square Garden to open the 1984 season on Oct. 11, 1984 in addition to last season’s victory.
The Hurricanes also defeated the Rangers 3-2 on Nov. 2 in Raleigh and 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 10 at MSG. New York’s lone win against Carolina came on Nov. 29, 5-0. Sami Kapanen led the Hurricanes in goals (4) and points (5) against the Rangers last season. Arturs Irbe was 2-0 with a 1.50 goals against average and a .953 save percentage against New York in 2001-02.

RANGERS NOTES
The Rangers made several big free agent acquisitions in the off-season, including defenseman Darius Kasparaitis and center Bobby Holik. Rangers RW Pavel Bure, who missed part of the preseason after knee surgery, practiced full-speed on Monday and may return for Wednesday night’s game.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
10 Francis 80 27 50 77
24 Kapanen 77 27 42 69
92 O'Neill 76 31 33 64
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 51 2.54 20-19-11 .902
80 Weekes 21 2.72 5-9-0 .916
N.Y. RANGERS
GP G A TP
88 Lindros 72 37 36 73
9 Bure 68 34 35 69
14 Fleury 82 24 39 63
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Richter 55 2.95 24-26-4 .906
31 Blackburn 31 3.28 12-16-0 .898
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